The Kenyon Bed & Breakfast network of more than 500 alumni and parents provides essential housing support that helps students explore practical application of academic interests as well as pursue professional goals in the world beyond campus. Whether it’s a short-term stay of one to five nights, or summer-long housing, these generous offers allow students the opportunity to pursue internships, externships (job shadowing), or interviews in areas where they might not otherwise have accommodations.
Short homestays of one to five nights offer affordable housing options to students and young alumni interviewing for a job or graduate school in an area other than home, or to students participating in Kenyon’s Job Shadow program. Examples of job shadows made possible by past Bed & Breakfast hosts, include:
NASA, Houston, TX
Christie’s Auction House, New York
East-West Financial Services, Washington D.C.
New York Public Library, New York
“The Columbus Dispatch”, Columbus, OH
Divided Sky Entertainment, Nashville, TN
Mindcrest, Inc., Chicago, IL
Summer-long hosts provide students with longer-term housing of 10-12 weeks, usually during June through August, allowing students to complete compelling internships in new cities that otherwise may not have been within financial reach. With internships becoming increasingly important for post-graduate success, summer housing offers give Kenyon students a leg up in the job market that awaits them after graduation.
Hosts choose the length of stay they’d like to offer, and students can search for hosts by location.
Potential hosts must complete the Bed & Breakfast Program Host Registration form. When you sign up, you’ll become part of Kenyon’s Bed & Breakfast directory. (You can deactivate your participation at anytime by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
When students request Bed & Breakfast contacts in a specific area, the Career Development Office (CDO) will provide students with the contact information of hosts from that location. Students are expected to reach out to hosts directly. The CDO recommends scheduling a Skype or phone call to explore whether a student is a strong match with a particular host. If so, hosts are free to make an official offer directly to the student.
Still have questions? Hosts or students can contact email@example.com or call 740-427-5165. Students may also schedule an appointment to meet with a CDO staff member.
The Kenyon College Career Development Office (CDO) maintains information to help Kenyon students and alumni connect with individuals and companies that are willing to assist, mentor, or house students who are exploring careers, and with internship and job opportunities that may be available. Students, employers, and volunteers should be aware that the CDO does not vet or conduct background checks on the students that may seek assistance, employers that may be offering opportunities, or volunteers who may be providing support. Employers, students, mentors, and hosts are highly encouraged to meet via a phone or Skype call prior to confirming any arrangements to determine suitability of fit and discuss mutual expectations. While the CDO is not responsible for what happens in arrangements that come from its networks, it is happy to assist students, employers, and volunteers with conflict resolution and resources should difficulties occur.